Past Meetup

Dinner and a Movie - "BEYOND THE HILLS"

Location image of event venue


Finally! Dinner and a Movie! We will be meeting in front of the Tower Theatre at 7:30. We will then walk over to a yummy asian restaurant (2B ASIAN) for dinner.

After dinner, we will head back to the Tower Theatre for our film which begins at 9:05. Admission is $10. When you RSVP, please let me know if you will be going to both events of just one.

This Romanian film promises to be though provoking as it deals with how dogma can be at odds with social liberty. Read below for more information and click on the link if you would like to see the trailer:

Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Starring Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta
2012 | Romania | 150 Minutes | Drama | Not Rated
Romanian with English Subtitles

This harrowing, visually stunning new film from director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, unfolds in and around a remote monastery where pious young women toil dutifully under the ever-watchful eye of an austere priest known as Papa (the excellent Valeriu Andriuta). As the film opens, Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives to visit her friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), one of the nuns in training. As children, the two women lived together in an orphanage where the tough, short-tempered Alina served as a protector for her more delicate friend. Now, Alina wants Voichita to leave her cloistered life and return with her to Germany, but as the fateful hour draws near, Voichita seems disinclined to go, and so Alina stays on for a while, which is when the real trouble begins. Inspired by a case of alleged demonic possession that occurred in Romania’s Moldova region in 2005,Beyond the Hills is not a supernatural thriller but rather an all too believable portrait of dogma at odds with personal liberty in a society still emerging from the shadow of Communism.For their remarkable lead performances, screen newcomers Flutur and Stratan shared the Best Actress prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Mungiu also received the Best Screenplay award.

Screenplay Cristian Mungiu, Inspired by non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran
Cinematography by Oleg Mutu
Editing by Mircea Olteanu

2013 Academy Awards (Oscars): Romania’s Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film, selected among the 9 shortlisted finalist
2012 Cannes Film Festival: Won, Best Actress (Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan), Best Screenplay
2012 New York Film Festival2: Official selection
2012 Toronto Film Festival: Official selection
2012 AFI Film Fest: Official selection
2012 Chicago International Film Festival: Official selection

“One of the year's most powerful films.” - Andrew O'Hehir,

“The intense longing of both women for a situation in which their love for each other might thrive gives this film its suspense and its devastating power.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Mungiu is not preaching - he is telling us what can happen when people are trapped within their own emotions and circumstances. Remarkable. ” - Derek Malcolm, This is London

"Engrossing. Explores the push and pull between the collective and the individual, between faith and free will." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills moves so effortlessly through the gnarly intersection of love, loss, God and godlessness that you barely notice how much he's doing, and with such effortless grace.” - John Anderson, Newsday